“Tripura’s people are my Dal Roti,” says Biplab Deb, expected to be chief minister

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The 48-year-old Tripura BJP chief Biplab Deb has been elected as their leader in the state assembly by party legislatures and is all set to take oath as chief minister of the state on Friday, March 9 at a grand ceremony expected to be attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and where the BJP plans to showcase its many chief ministers from all over the country.

The union minister Nitin Gadkari announced that Mr Deb had been elected to be chief minister. Deb said that senior BJP leader Jishnu Debbarma will back him as deputy chief minister. Gadkari is now leading the BJP delegation to the Raj Bhawan, where Deb will accomplish his claim to form government. The BJP displayed an amazing victory on Saturday winning 35 out of Tripura’s 60 assembly seats, 43 along with a regionally ally, banishing Left party CPM, which was in power for 25 years. Biplab Deb talked to NDTV about the priorities of his government and his new role after spending years as a RSS volunteer over breakfast this morning, who speaks only in Hindi and Bengali, says that “People inspire me…they are my Dal, Roti (staple)”.

Deb has promised that he is focused on “good governance”, adding that “There has been a huge change in my life. I love the people of Tripura. I even love the Communist and Manik Sarkar but I am annoyed that they got so much time but did not utilise the resources of the state to develop it. We will rebuild it from scratch”. He added that he will take the place of the Left’s Manik Sarkar, who was known for his clean record and called India’s “poorest chief minister”, was chief minister for 20 years. “I keep remembering my children who study in Delhi and even my wife is away, she keeps on coming and going. Now I am very busy, so I cannot talk to them much on the phone and there are people around me so I cannot talk to them openly,” said Deb.

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